Repetitive Cuts Using A Stop Block

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

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Stop Blocks For Multiple Same Size Cuts

It is hard to beat a crosscut fixture sled for making cross cuts SAFELY on the table saw. You can make your sled cut with  zero tolerance to the blade for less tear-out and accurate cuts. I make repetitive cuts using a stop block, here’s how.

Repetitive Cuts Using A Stop Block

Table saws are not well suited for cross cutting; which refers to cutting a board along its short dimension.

A crosscut sled is a solution to this dilemma and a very useful table saw accessory that allows its user to make clean accurate cuts. You can quickly make precise right angle cuts time after time on a cross cut sled.

Building one is easy and can be done in about 2 hours with scrap material, there are numerous plans on the web showing you how to do this.  I use my cross cutting sled so much that I have a second table saw dedicated to it.

Using A Stop Block

When using the cross cut sled to make multiple same size cuts it’s essential that you  get in the habit of using a stop block.

Stop blocks allow you to make accurate, repetitive cuts time after time.  This is crucial when building bookcases or built-in cabinets and many of the components need to be the exact same size [i.e., shelves, shelf nosing, etc]

I  screw a long piece of 3/4 plywood to my sled, as an extension arm, with a few screws and then use a C-clamp and a simple stop block I made from e scrap material. The stop block slides up and down my extension arm to the needed dimensions.

This is a simple, no nonsense approach to making consistently accurate cuts every time.

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